Dressed casually in a jacket and graphic T-shirt, Aamir, though tired looking, fielded questions from the scribes present with aplomb. Anushka, on the other hand cut a pretty figure in a flowy dress which she paired with gold sandals. They were accompanied by the film’s director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Speaking about his character in the film, Aamir said, “PK is his name and since he does a lot of idiotic antics, his name came to be PK. And there is a scene in the film where Anushka says that though PK has never touched a drop of alcohol, his name is PK.”
After the hoopla around his going nude for the promotional poster for the film, Aamir maintains that PK has been his toughest role yet. He went on to add just how difficult it was to shoot for the film. Showing the media his ears, he said, “From childhood, my ears have been pretty big and I would get teased about it in school. My look in the film was something I had to get used to. It was painful as the plastic to hold it in place was quite uncomfortable. My skin would get blistered, then Anushka told me about this tape which is meant for blisters for the feet. I used that for the ears. The first half was a bit difficult to shoot because of this,” said Aamir. When asked how he reacted about the nude poster at first, he added, “If someone had asked me two years ago, maybe then my reaction would have been ‘I can’t do it’. But it comes so naturally in the film that I didn’t feel odd about it. Nature mein vulgarity nai hoti (There is nothing vulgar in being natural).”
Though Aamir was the cynosure of all eyes, Anushka Sharma managed to chip in her two cents worth as well about her experience in PK. “It was wonderful working with Aamir, he is very sharp. You can’t bluff around him. It always helps when you are working with such a good actor. It reflects in your performance also. In the beginning, I was a bit intimidated by him,” shared Anushka who then went on to add how Aamir pulled a lot of pranks on her during the shooting. Having acted in films that are critically and commercially successful like Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Peepli Live, Dhoom 3, Aamir mentioned when it comes to choosing films, he follows a simple mantra. “I don’t sign films looking at the roles or vice versa. I think in filmmaking, the first step is when the writer writes about something he is excited about from his heart. The film begins with the story, then the director joins the process, after which the actor comes. And when it’s a script that really appeals to me, that’s when I choose the film,” elaborated Aamir who has become more media friendly over the years. When asked about it, he cited his wife Kiran Rao behind the change in him.
He also rubbished the `100cr or 200 cr club that have become the norm based on which films are deemed as successful or duds. “ I feel they are silly and childish. The US-based company Rentrak gives you accurate figures in US about the box office collections of the films. I hope it comes to India,” claimed Aamir. Agreeing with him, Vidhu Vinod Chopra piped in saying they have confirmed Rentrak’s collaboration with PK which will be posting accurate figures of the film’s collection at the box office. “I don’t think we should think about figures. A creative person should think about what his heart wants,” said Aamir who was all praises for the Southern film industry. “I have heard that the industry here is very united. Telugu and Tamil cinema is coming up with unusual stuff. At present, I don’t have plans of acting in South. But among the directors I do know about, I feel Rajamouli is a fine director and would love to work with him.”
On a more serious note, as someone who has dealt with issues like prostitution, child sexual abuse, rape in his show Satyamev Jayate, he said change in mindset and quick verdicts from fast-track courts can help lessen crimes against women and children. “High rate of conviction is required for rapes to come down. The dice is loaded against the woman. Whether it is dealing with health service or justice system. When it’s crime against women and children, there should be fast-track courts, and sensitivity on part of police, and health services. When conviction is certain and swift, then things will change. The mindset also has to be changed.” The actor then switched gears and regaled those gathered with a line in Bhojpuri which he speaks in the film while jokingly adding that PK should be watched ‘peekay’.